BGS Meeting — February 25, 2012 — Compiling Your Family History for Publication

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, February 25th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker:  Mary Taylor, Past-President of BGS

Program Topic: Compiling Your Family History for Publication

Whether you have researched your family tree for 1 month or 10 years, we all face the same challenge: what to do with all the information we have collected.  Mary’s rich background experience in genealogical research will enable her to share valuable tips on how to organize and publish all the work you have gathered.

NOTE:  Please note with this month’s meeting, we resume meeting in the Arrington Auditorium.

February 11, 2012 — BAAGSG Bi-Annual Genealogy Exposition — Discovering Our African American Heritage: The Alabama Connection

The Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, regularly meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, February 11, 2012, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Program Theme: Discovering our African American Heritage:  The Alabama Connection

Guest Speakers:  Mrs. Carol McKinstry, 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Survivor, and Dr. Robert Davis, Director of Genealogy Department, Wallace State Community College

Additional Information: Wanda Looney, Tel: 205-317-7557 / e-mail  or Chester Summerville, Tel:  205-821-3358 / email

The Expo is FREE and open to the public.  Come join us for food, fun and family history!

BGS Meeting — January 28, 2012 — Today’s DAR Including Research Resources and Membership Information

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, January 28th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Meeting Room: Youth Department (Story Castle), 2nd Floor, Main Library building

Speaker:  Connie Grund

Program Topic: Today’s DAR Including Research Resources and Membership Information

Come join us and learn about the Daughter’s of the American Revolution (DAR) lineage society.  Connie will share resources available to both member and non-members of DAR and provide information on how to join the society.  She will be available after her program to discuss membership information one-on-one.

About the Speaker:  Connie Haynsworth Grund was born in Birmingham, baptized at the Cathedral Church of the Advent and spent most of her growing up years in Westchester County, New York.

Connie is a full time volunteer serving currently as the Vice Regent of the Alabama Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Vice Chairman of the KDS DAR School, Board of Trustees in Grant, AL. Connie serves the National Society DAR as National Chairman of Constitution Week. She is also a member of 18 other lineage groups and serves on the board of several.

Connie’s ancestor David Owen brought his family down the Tennessee River on a flatboat, disembarked in Guntersville and went by wagon to Jefferson County. That was back in 1816 and makes Connie the 8th generation of her family to live in Jefferson County. The Owen farm house, built in 1833 is still in Jefferson County owned by the West Jefferson County Historical Society and Connie serves on the Board of Director’s.

Connie has six other family lines that were in Alabama before statehood including Jefferson County pioneers Mortimer Jordan, John Smith and William Rose Sadler, Needham Lee of Shelby County and William Patton and John Brahan of Huntsville. William Patton’s son Robert went on to become the 20th governor of Alabama.

NOTE:  Please note the location change from our “regular” meeting room in the Arrington Auditorium to the meeting room located in the Youth Department.  We will resume meeting in the Arrington Auditorium in February.

December 11, 2011 — BAAGSG Annual Holiday Social

The Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting: Sunday, December 11, 2011, 3 p.m.

Program Topic: Annual Holiday Social

Details: Josephine Martin (205-901-6387) or contact us via e-mail

Come join us as we celebrate the last class for the year.  This is also your chance to renew your membership. Please bring a dish, beverages, dessert, cups, napkins, or plastic ware. Just let us know what you are bringing by calling Eloise Wormely – 205.923.5551 or Josephine Martin – 205.901.6387.


December 10, 2011 – Annual Christmas Tea

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, December 10th at 1 p.m.

Program Topic: No Speaker, Christmas Tea

Details: Contact us via e-mail or BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665

Another year has passed by very quickly.  It is time for the annual BGS Christmas Tea.  All are invited to attend.  We will install officers for 2012 and there will be a lot of good food and fellowship.  If you are not a current member of the society or a recent new member, this is your chance to get to know “us”.

The Christmas Tea is our last official get together until January 2012.  Please join us!

BAAGSG Class — November 13, 2011 — Planning Meeting for the 2012 Black Heritage Fair

The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting:  Sunday, November 13th at 3 p.m.

Meeting Room: Third Floor Auditorium (Arrington), Linn-Henley Building

Topic:  Planning meeting for the 2012 Black Heritage Fair

Please plan to attend this very important meeting.  We need your participation and ideas to make the 2012 Black Heritage Fair a success!

BPL Survey for Beyond the Basics of Genealogy 2012

The following was received from our friends in the Southern History Department at the Birmingham Public Library. Please help them by taking the survey.

We had a great first year with our Beyond the Basics of Genealogy series of workshops. We’re looking at developing our classes for next year, and we need your input. Please take a few minutes of your time to fill out our survey, and be sure to be on the lookout for our classes in 2012.

Thanks!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/btbsurvey